“Before Mama G’s program, I was not a cook. Eating out allowed me to eat small plates as my healthy eating plan. When COVID hit and eating out was not an option, I was determined to learn how to cook. I made many casseroles. All look the same, and my weight continued to climb! The weight gain led me to call Mama G and ask for help.
At the beginning of the 12-week Mama G’s Lifestyle Jumpstart program, I had one goal in mind, to lose weight. In the Mama G Lifestyle program, I learned a whole new approach to my life. Weight gain became secondary to living a healthy life with exercise and eating healthy. My meals were more than filling, and I was not looking for popcorn or other late-night snacks to fill me up at the end of the day. I wake up looking forward to a healthy breakfast.
Meal planning and cooking became an absolute joy! Working in the kitchen is cathartic. My whole family is in shock! Not only do I cook, but it also tastes deliciously wonderful! My husband cannot believe all the food he is eating because of our new lifestyle and is often surprised when he weighs in with me. Mama G’s recipes have such a vast assortment. We love trying a different one a couple of times each week. Our choice and our food! Planning my meals for the week keeps the guesswork out of dinner selections!
Morning walks each day help center my day. After a prayerful morning, it is a perfect time to reflect on my plan for the day. My only regret is that I did not take the exercise segment as seriously in the first two weeks of the program. But with Mama G’s encouragement (insistence), I started slowly walking. I could hardly walk for 30 minutes without stopping to catch my breath. Then I got an app and Fitbit as equipment, at the suggestion of Mama G, and my competitive nature kicked in gear. I went from walking a 22:10 minute mile in January to a 12:47 minute mile in April. I plan to start using weights to strengthen my body and continue my timed mile comparison!
Today, I hit my initial weight goal! I have lost the initial twenty pounds I wanted to lose. I took inventory of my measurements and was surprised that I have lost inches! I lost 3 inches in my chest, an inch on each arm, 4.5 inches in my waist, 2 inches on my hips, three inches on each thigh, and an inch on each knee. Shrinkage, I accept! My hair and skin have also improved. My hair is growing thicker and longer compared slow growth and my skin is glowing! My smile is back!
I cannot thank Mama G’s Lifestyle and Gina Cousineau enough for the encouraging, no excuses, and genuinely caring approach to making my lifestyle and food dreams come true! I look forward to continuing my journey with more energy to meet my goals and confidence that Mama G will always remind me to stay focused and stretch my reach to the next level of this new lifestyle!”